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Child Sexual Abuse

A claim of child sexual abuse is found or substantiated by child protective services every eight minutes, making it a widespread problem. Child sexual abuse is a crime that inflicts lasting damage on victims. Any form of sexual activity with a minor qualifies as child sexual abuse. Children cannot consent to sexual activity in any » Read More


Holiday Co-Parenting

Co-parenting after a divorce can be difficult, especially around the holidays. From birthdays and special events to major holidays, divorced parents may face challenges when attempting to coordinate plans for parenting time. Despite the complications and stress that may arise from the holiday season, with communication and compromise co-parents can establish a parenting plan that » Read More


Going Back to School After a Divorce

Divorce can be the beginning of a brand new life. With matters of property and child custody settled, some divorced people use this new beginning as a time to reevaluate their career choices. For many stay-at-home parents, a divorce requires them to go back to work. Others may have put their dream jobs on the » Read More


PRIVATE SCHOOL:  WHO GETS TO DECIDE:

  I AM OUR CHILDREN’S CUSTODIAL PARENT AND WANT OUR CHILDREN TO ATTEND PRIVATE SCHOOL, CAN I ENROLL OUR CHILD IN PRIVATE SCHOOL WITHOUT MY EX’S CONSENT AND CAN THE COURT REQUIRE MY EX TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARD THE COST? First, the question of whether or not you should be able to enroll a child in » Read More


Attorney Spotlight on Marissa A. Del Mauro, Esq.

At Lyons & Associates, P.C., we believe in developing a close working relationship with every client. We want you to know that we recognize that you – and your case – are unique. We will study every facet of your case, whether it is large or small, so that we can provide the knowledgeable guidance » Read More


Do I have to prove that my ex-spouse is living with another person in order to prove cohabitation?

Under New Jersey’s new alimony reform, a payor spouse need not prove that the recipient spouse is residing with another individual for purposes of proving cohabitation.  In clarifying the definition of cohabitation, the Act requires the Court to consider eight factors in ultimately determining whether or not cohabitation is occurring. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A: 34-23(n), » Read More


First Responder Family Law Issues

While it is true that society owes a debt of gratitude to first responders, too often we forget the every day happenings in those first responders’ personal lives.  Families of first responders have special challenges and situations that are unique to them.  And when those families break up, it is important that they have lawyers » Read More


Cyber Harassment Can Now Be Considered an Act of Domestic Violence

The New Jersey Legislature recently added Cyber Harassment to the list of crimes that can be considered an act of domestic violence under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. Cyber Harassment is committed where a person makes a communication in an online capacity through any electronic device or through social media with the purpose of » Read More


Child Relocation Standard Rewritten by NJ Supreme Court

In the recent child relocation court case of Bisbing vs. Bisbing, decided on August 8, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court overturned a 16-year-old precedent that was used to determine if primary custodial parents could relocate with their children to another state despite the alternate custodial parents’ objections. Prior to this new ruling, primary custodial » Read More


Legislation Regarding Marriage by Minors

Marriage by minors has been in the news recently as some states introduced legislation aimed at prohibiting child marriage. Until now in New York, minors as young as 14 were permitted to marry. New changes abolish marriage for 14-16- year-olds and allows 17-year-olds to marry if they have both judicial and parental consent. The New » Read More


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